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Leek Town
M Morgan (9'), A Curran (14', 81' Pen)
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Sat 17 Nov 15:00 - The Evo-Stik League - West Division Attendance 161

Colne win Five Goal Thriller against Leek


Colne earned a valuable three points in an enthralling end-to-end game against Leek Town at the Sovereign Play Stadium on Saturday.

The Reds looked to be cruising to a comfortable win with a 2-0 lead at half time but the visitors came back strongly in a nerve-jangling second half.

Colne started brightly and after only three minutes Richard Taylor provided a through ball for Alex Curran to take in his stride but Leek keeper Daniel Roberts did well to save his shot in a one-on-one confrontation. Taylor prompted a series of attacks from midfield and sent Curran away on the right wing before his low cross was cleared off Ollie Wood’s toes in the Leek goalmouth.

After nine minutes, a corner at the other end was headed away by Wood and in a great counterattack Brad Lynch broke up the left wing and his cross to the far post was fired home by Matty Morgan to give the Reds the lead.

Five minutes later, in another end-to-end move Wood helped on Taylor’s through ball to release Curran on a run into the area and this time he made no mistake with his shot past the keeper to double Colne’s lead.

Leek looked for a way back into the game with some strong attacks on the left wing and Darren Chadwick headed a high cross just over before Mark Grocott clipped the top of Colne crossbar with an angled shot on the half hour. And Alex Coleman and Lee Pugh made vital tackles to cut out dangerous runs on the edge of the Reds area.

Billy Priestley missed out on the chance of scoring on his return to the Reds when he fired over the bar from close range as Lynch’s diagonal shot reached him at the far post in a crowded Leek goalmouth on the stroke of half time.

As the second half began, Leek pressed forward and after 51 minutes Robert Stevenson’s curling cross from the left wing was knocked in at the far post by Tim Grice to reduce the arrears to 2-1. And in Leek’s next attack, William Reeves’ cross was headed just over the Colne bar by Grice.

The visitors threatened to dominate the game as they tightened up in midfield but some great passing and possession football by Colne held them at bay. The Reds defended well and scrambled the ball off the goal-line when an equaliser looked on the cards after 76 minutes.

And four minutes later, Colne broke to the other end where Lynch cut into the area past two defenders and was brought down for a penalty. Curran fired home the spot kick to seemingly settle the game at 3-1 for the Reds.

But within a minute, Leek struck back as Stevenson broke through the middle and found the Colne net with a shot into the bottom corner to set up a grandstand finish. Leek looked for an equaliser in the closing stages but the Reds were in no mood to surrender the lead and ran out worthy winners at the final whistle.

Key moments

Goal Matty Morgan scores for Colne
Goal Alex Curran scores for Colne
Scored Penalty Alex Curran scores a penalty for Colne


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90:00 +2:00 Sub Off
Oliver Wood is substituted off for Colne
90:00 +2:00 Sub On
Dominic Kerrigan is substituted on for Colne
83:00 Sub Off
Alex Curran is substituted off for Colne
83:00 Sub On
Simon Nangle is substituted on for Colne
81:00 Scored Penalty 3 - 0
Alex Curran scores a penalty for Colne
70:00 Yellow Card
Hakan Burton is yellow carded for Colne
67:00 Yellow Card
Lee Pugh is yellow carded for Colne
63:00 Sub On
Marcus Poscha is substituted on for Colne
63:00 Sub Off
Matty Makinson is substituted off for Colne
End of period 1
40:00 Yellow Card
Oliver Wood is yellow carded for Colne
16:00 Yellow Card
Alex Curran is yellow carded for Colne
14:00 Goal 2 - 0
Alex Curran scores for Colne
9:00 Goal 1 - 0
Matty Morgan scores for Colne
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Colne
  • Leek Town
  • 0
  • Matty Morgan Goal 9:00'
  • Alex Curran Goal 14:00'
  • Alex Curran Yellow Card 16:00'
  • Oliver Wood Yellow Card 40:00'
  • Marcus Poscha Sub On 63:00'
  • Matty Makinson Sub Off 63:00'
  • Lee Pugh Yellow Card 67:00'
  • Hakan Burton Yellow Card 70:00'
  • Alex Curran Scored Penalty 81:00'
  • Simon Nangle Sub On 83:00'
  • Alex Curran Sub Off 83:00'
  • Dominic Kerrigan Sub On 90:00 +2:00'
  • Oliver Wood Sub Off 90:00 +2:00'

Team selection

Burton, Hakan Burton, Hakan
Coleman, Alexander Coleman, Alexander
Makinson, Matty Makinson, Matty
Curran, Alex Curran, Alex
Priestley, Billy Priestley, Billy
Pugh, Lee Pugh, Lee
Morgan, Matty Morgan, Matty
Taylor, Richard Taylor, Richard
Lynch, Brad Lynch, Brad
Wood, Oliver Wood, Oliver
Knox, Bradley Knox, Bradley

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League table

# Team Pl Pts
1. Atherton Collieries 38 82
2. Radcliffe FC 38 75
3. Leek Town 38 74
4. Colne 38 73
5. Ramsbottom United 38 72
6. Runcorn Linnets 38 72
7. Prescot Cables 38 69

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